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The story of Galaxy is similar to that of the Impossible Project except that Galaxy is trying to revive an old Kodak process. According to the company’s Kickstarter page, Kodak discontinued a line of direct positive paper back in the 1970s. For the uninitiated, direct positive paper is photosensitive paper where the image develops right onto the paper. Think of it like a wet plate or a Polaroid except that the paper doesn’t have the chemicals built in for development like Instant film does.

Galaxy found a book all about it and set about trying to find a way to re-create the paper in some ways. However, Galaxy believes that they can actually do a much better job and make the paper available in higher ISOs comparable to 120 film. They also claim that they can make the paper available with a higher dynamic range, and with an easier development process.

The paper, if funded fully on Kickstarter, will have a fixed grade contrast as well as a glossy embossed surface. Photographers will be able to shoot with it in 4×5″, 5×7″, 8×10″, 11×14″, 16×20″ with custom sizes available in 4×10″, 7×17″, 8×20″, 12×20″, 14×17″, 20×24″ and some rolls of different sizes. The idea of simply being able to shoot at 20×24″ with direct positive paper is thrilling!

So what will this mean for photographers? For those of us that still love to shoot with film (and there are a heck of a lot of you that read this site) we’ll have more options available in large format as both Kodak’s and Fujifilm’s numbers seem to be dwindling. Smaller and less traditional companies seem to be trying to keep it alive and do very well according to a recent investigation we did.

Large format positive paper offers a quality that you simply can’t duplicate with digital cameras. The grain is organic, the dynamic range may not necessarily be the same but the image is truly analog and tactile. If you shoot a 20×24 image, you can easily frame it and put it on your wall instead of needing to do the print out. That image is very much an original.

Head on over to the page’s Kickstarter for more info.

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Peak Design is a company that pretty much got started off of Kickstarter, and so they’ve already taken to the platform to get funding for their newest bag. Called the Everyday Messenger bag, it’s a beautiful new bag that they’re touting as innovative but we’re not quite sure about that just yet.

It’s a bag that features waxed canvas on the outside for protection from the elements and is expandable to accommodate more gear. It features lots of pockets, has room for a 15 or 13 inch computer, and has dividers for your cameras and lenses.

Most of all, it’s designed to just be an everyday bag too for the person that commutes. So when you’re not at work you can stuff your camera gear inside.

The Kickstarter is already more than 4x funded, and you can check out their video after the jump.

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A new Kickstarter called Buried Pixel is aiming to make location scouting much easier for photographers. It’s a gamification based system that uses a map and relies on the community to give tips about cool locations to shoot or to use for upcoming shoots.

Users upload images that they shot to the app to add contributions to the community. Using the map, members will be able to look at a photo shot in that location and read about how the image was created. EXIF data like the camera, lens, camera settings, lighting equipment, time of day, post production techniques and other BTS details will be shared by the most willing in the community.

The gamification process works similar to FourSquare–the location based app that let you check into a location and add tips until they ruined it by splitting it with Swarm for Check-ins. Instead, Buried Pixel will make you the mayor of a location, but instead call you the King or Grand Pooba.

If you’re a photographer that shoots weddings, portraits, travel or conceptual work it may be just the thing for you. Head on past the jump to check out their Kickstarter video.

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ONDU pinhole cameras made their debut a while back, and eventually took off into success. But now, the company is trying to create a newer and more improved version of the cameras and has already received the necessary funding through Kickstarter. To make the ONDU cameras even better, the company is doing a fairly large overhaul to the cameras to make them better to use.

For starters, they’re adding in more magnets that help to securely close the back panel and therefore not accidentally let light leak in from the back or sides. They’re also changing up the shutter mechanism, creating better pinholes and making framing easier by putting a guide on top of the camera for you to get a better idea of how wide you’re shooting.

Besides this, winding the film will be smoother and you’ll be getting an improved finish for even more durability. This all is totally in line with what ONDU first tried to create: pinhole cameras that will last generations. Pledging as low as $60 can get you a camera. Their video is after the jump.

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A soon to launch Kickstarter looking to launch soon, and is aimed at making 360 photography much simpler for most businesses. The initiative is by Photo Factory 360 and they’re calling it the X1 Pro. It’s aimed at small business owners that more or less don’t want to pay for a professional photographer to do something like this. In fact, they state that the X1 Pro enables you to do this stuff “for less than 1/10th the cost of other professional solutions.” They’re emphasizing that you can do it with nearly any camera or a smartphone.

But what they don’t flat out mention is all the post-production work that goes into something like this to prevent reflections, purple fringing, or even the knowledge of how to actually manipulate the settings needed to shoot photos like this–but that is evident to the trained eye. However, this alluded to where they state “An often overlooked fact about photography, is the inability of the average person to distinguish high quality from professional quality.”

If that’s clear to your business and your customers, then this shouldn’t be a problem. But if you’re selling something like beautiful mason jars, then you don’t want reflections.

The system is also very low tech–citing that it was work with systems as far back as a Pentium 4 processor and Windows 7. Sorry Mac users, it doesn’t say anything about you guys.

A couple of examples of what can be done are after the jump.

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Review: COVR Photo

by Julius Motal on 01/28/2015

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Here at The Phoblographer, we get plenty of emails from folks with ideas for ways to trick out your phone in order to help it take better photographs. These ideas almost always come with a Kickstarter link attached. Yet, most are variations on things that already exist. What you see above is the first item that made us take a step back and say, “There’s something there.” The case resting on top of my iPhone 5 is called the COVR Photo, the brainchild of Thomas Hurst, a Seattle-based photojournalist with a wealth of experience. The COVR Photo is a case designed for the iPhone 5/5S, with a 6/6+ one in the works, that has a prism lens for making iPhone photography a little more candid. Essentially, you can hold the phone like you do when you text, but you can make a photograph of whatever’s in front of you.

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